#173 The Importance of Taking Care of Your Heart, Laxatives or Fiber for Your Digestion, Calming Yourself for a Good Night Sleep and Snacking Cakes

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 27 and 28, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the importance of taking care of your heart with Carolyn Pullen, laxatives vs. fiber for your digestion with Alexandra Leon, how to calm yourself for a good night’s sleep with Heather Lillico and snacking cakes with Naomi Bussin

We specifically discuss:

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Heart

  • The Canadian Cardiovascular Society
  • Heart Health Month
  • Why is being aware of heart health so important?
  • How many Canadians are affected by heart disease?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?
  • What is the best course of action during a heart attack?
  • What do we do if we see someone having a heart attack?
  • Is it safe to get medical attention for your heart health during the pandemic?
  • How do we prevent heart disease?

Laxatives vs. Fiber for your Digestion

  • Why are digestive issues such a hot topic?
  • The gut-brain axis
  • Your core muscles and digestion
  • Why is constipation problematic?
  • Laxatives: working on the conduit
  • Fiber: working on the content
  • Aloe and psyllium
  • How do we know whether we should take a laxative or fiber?
  • How do we choose the right digestion product?

How to Calm Yourself for a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Why do people have a hard time getting to sleep?
  • What happens when we don’t get a good night’s sleep?
  • How can we “turn our brains off”?
  • Directing the mind: The Alphabet Task
  • Gratitude
  • Progressive muscle activation
  • Guided meditation
  • Apps
  • Foods to help sleep: kiwis, tart cherries, oats, nuts
  • Herbal remedies/teas: Chamomile, Holy Basil, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm
  • Essential oils

Snacking Cakes

  • What is a snacking cake?
  • Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi
  • Salted caramel peanut butter cake
  • Minty chocolate malt cake
  • Black and blueberry ricotta cake
  • Berry cream cheese cake
  • Chocolate almond raspberry olive oil cake
  • One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber
  • Coffee coffee cake
  • Peanut butter brookies
  • Almond and mixed berry “dump” cake

For more information about Carolyn Pullen and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society go here.

To learn more about Nutripur and Alexandra Leon go here.

To learn more about Heather Lillico go here

To read articles by Naomi Bussin in Tonic Magazine go here.


#172 Challenges in the Canadian Healthcare Sector, the Covid-19 Vaccines, Anxiety and Sex and the Intolerance of Uncertainty

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 20 and 21, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss challenges in the Canadian health care sector with George Barakat, the Covid-19 vaccines with Adarsh Shah, the connection between anxiety and sex with Carlyle Jansen and the intolerance of uncertainty with Tracey Soghrati

We specifically discuss:

Challenges in the Canadian Health Care Sector

  • What challenges face the Canadian health care industry?
  • Health equity, health care spending, evolving patient expectations and an aging population
  • What challenges face Canadian health care practitioners?
  • Telemedicine and the coordination of patient records
  • What challenges face Canadian patients?
  • The concept of “Patient First”
  • Technological solutions

The Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Which vaccines are Canadians getting?
  • The vaccination schedule
  • Does the vaccine inject a virus into our system?
  • MRNA technology
  • How is the Pfizer vaccine different from the flu vaccine?
  • Efficacy rates of Covid-19 vaccine
  • Is the Covid-19 vaccines working across all age groups?
  • What does the Covid-19 vaccine shot feel like?
  • How long does the vaccine take to work?
  • Do we have to wear a mask if we’ve received the vaccine?
  • Are the vaccines effective against Covid-19 variants?

Anxiety and Sex

  • Is it common for people to feel anxiety about sex?
  • Anxiety with new existing partners and existing sexual partners
  • How does anxiety manifest during sex?
  • Diminished desire
  • The 5-4-3-2-1 exercise
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Better Sex Through Mindfulness
  • Move the focus to pleasure instead of orgasm
  • Are we capable of learning how to experience pleasure?
  • Healthy lifestyle leads to confidence and lowering anxiety

The Intolerance of Uncertainty

  • What is intolerance of uncertainty?
  • Doubt and uncertainty is regarded negatively: worrying becomes a positive
  • Ruminating vs. worrying
  • How does intolerance to uncertainty manifest?
  • Preferring the certainty of a bad outcome over uncertainty
  • Fear of delegation
  • Avoidance
  • Set a goal to increase tolerance to uncertainty
  • Mindfulness: learning to accept, open awareness, practice being with uncertainty

For more information about show sponsor Jack Nathan Health and George Barakat go here.

To learn more about Ultramatic and Adarsh Shah go here.

To read articles by Carlyle Jansen in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here